Ravens News 11/24: Reworked defenses and more

Raven’s Film Study: The New Potential of Revamped Defense and Unexpected Ground Game Help – Jonas Shaffer

At a time when three-wide-receiver formations have become the standard for most NFL offenses, the Ravens’ development of a reliable nickel defense (five defensive backs) could prove highly momentous. The team will face three of the league’s most efficient “11” staff attacks (one back, one tight end, three wide receivers) – the Cleveland Browns (Week 15), Atlanta Falcons (Week 16) and Cincinnati Bengals (Week 18) – in the second half of their season.

Conquer them and even greater trials could await the Ravens in the playoffs. According to TruMedia, the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, all potential AFC playoff opponents, lead the NFL in expected points per game in 11 people. (EPA is an efficiency measure that takes into account situational factors like down, distance, and field position.) For the first nine weeks of the season, the Ravens’ defense ranked 27th against that package by the same metric. Over the past three weeks, however, only the New England Patriots have been better against 11 staffers.

Marcus Williams returns to training, won’t play on Sunday – Clifton Brown

The Ravens’ dominant defense gets even stronger as safety Marcus Williams comes off injured reserve and back onto the practice field.

This opens Williams’ 21-day window to get back into the action. Williams suffered a dislocated wrist injury against the Bengals on Oct. 9 and has since missed five games.

Head coach John Harbaugh said Williams won’t play in Jacksonville on Sunday, but he’s not too far off.

Williams completed individual drills early in practice but was not thrown with passes to catch.

“He looked good – it was individual – he looked good, he moved well,” said head coach John Harbaugh. “It’s his wrist. We need to get him moving again, get him back in shape and he’s got a week or two or anything before he’s ready to go but the main thing is that the wrist is healing; We just have to make sure he’s in football shape.”

The Ravens have conceded just one touchdown in their last two games, and once Williams rejoins the lineup, the defense will add another versatile player. Williams and Marlon Humphrey are tied for the team lead with three interceptions, and Williams’ reach and athleticism are valuable assets for the runners-up.

NFL offensive line rankings ahead of Week 12 – Sam Monson

2. BALTIMORE RAVENS (UP 1)

Planned starters for week 12:

LT Ronnie Stanley

LG Ben Powers

C Tyler Linderbaum

RG Kevin Zeitler

RT Morgan Moses

Ronnie Stanley left the game this week after his ankle rolled up, but he appears to have dodged a bullet and avoided major damage. He had only allowed one rush on 31 pass-blocking snaps before folding.

Baltimore’s line has allowed 59 total presses this season, the fewest in the league.

Upcoming opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville’s defensive line is more about potential than consistent threat. They have an above average pressure rate and edge rusher Josh Allen is their best player. He has 37 pressings under his belt and will generally face left tackle.

Week 12: Ravens vs. Jaguars Preview, Where to See, Prediction – Todd Karpovich

Jacksonville’s front seven is more talented than Carolina’s. The Jaguars are able to generate a consistent rate of pressure with edge rusher Josh Allen, who has three sacks. Defensive end Dawuane Smoot leads the team with five sacks. Consequently, Jackson needs to get rid of the ball faster.

Baltimore could have Gus Edwards back in the lineup, which would provide a boost to a running game already ranked second in the NFL at 162.8 yards per game. The Jaguars have defended heavily for most of the run, and linebacker Foye Oluokun leads the team with a staggering 95 tackles. The Jaguars allow 20.5 points per game, ranking 14th in the NFL.

The Jaguars will attack the Ravens with their ground attack, led by Travis Etienne, who rushes for 725 yards and averages 5.5 yards per carry. The Ravens have been solid against the run and they’ll be looking to take that part of Jacksonville’s game away so Trevor Lawrence can punch them through the air.

Lawrence has a solid group of receivers in Christian Kirk (679 yards, 52) and Zay Jones (417). Communication will be key for the Ravens, who could do without rookie safety Kyle Hamilton (knee). Overall, the Jaguars rank ninth in the NFL with 362.2 yards per game.

Week 12 NFL picks against the spread – Sheil Kapadia

Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars (+4)

Do you trust this Ravens team? They are 7-3 and have won four times in a row. New linebacker Roquan Smith has unlocked fellow linebacker Patrick Queen and the defense seems to be going strong. On the other hand, they were trapped in a 3-3 game against the Panthers early in the fourth quarter last week. Her running game averaged a 3.8 YPC and Demarcus Robinson was her lead receiver. There are a number of ways you can win, but it just feels like the Ravens haven’t got it all together yet.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, were one of the unluckiest teams in the NFL. They are 1-5 in games decided by seven points or fewer. It doesn’t take much imagination to imagine this team battling for a spot in the playoffs in an alternate universe. The Jaguars are fifth in offensive success rate; They just fell short in many places with high leverage. I think there’s a chance they’ll end this season strong and take good vibes into 2023.

The Choice: Jaguars (+4)

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